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Undergraduate Courses

1101 THEA Tutorial (12-0)

    Tutorial instruction designed to prepare students to pass the Writing component of the THEA exam.

1105 Writing Tutorial (1-0-3)

    Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 1301 or permission of department.

    Individualized instruction in English composition. Suggested for students who have problems in some aspect of writing and who seek to improve their mastery in particular areas. Instructor designs a course of study to assist student in learning new skills or in overcoming specific errors. Fulfills no English composition degree requirement. Course is offered on a pass/fail basis. May be repeated once without permission of department.

1300 Fundamentals of English (3-3-0)

    Placement examination is required.

    Introduction to the writing process, including such elements as awareness of audience, prewriting, organization strategies, revising and editing to conform to the major conventions of standard written English.

1301 Composition I (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 1300 or placement by examination.

    Review of the writing process, including such elements as audience analysis, invention, drafting and revising. Practice in expository techniques of writing and attention to readings. (ENGL 1301)

1302 Composition II (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 1301 or placement by examination.

    A continuation of ENG 1301; emphasis on writing based on research. (ENGL 1302)

1318 Introduction to the Study of English Grammar (3-3-0)

    Introduction to basic grammar concepts and terminology through exploration of language variation and language systems.

2301 Survey of World Literature: Ancient to 17th Century (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 1302

    A study of literature of the world from its beginnings through the 17th Century. (ENGL 2332)

2302 Survey of World Literature: 17th Century and Beyond (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 1302.

    A study of literature of the world from the 17th century to the present. (ENGL 2333)

2311 Survey of American Literature: Beginnings to 1865 (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 1302.

    A study of American writing from the Colonial period through the Civil War. (ENGL 2327)

2312 Survey of American Literature: 1865 to Present (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 1302

    A study of American literature from 1865 to the present. (ENGL 2328)

2313 Survey of British Literature: Beginnings to 1800 (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 1302.

    A study of British literature from its beginnings through the 18th century. (ENGL 2322)

2314 Survey of British Literature: 1800 to Present (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 1302.

    A study of British literature from the 19th century to the present. (ENGL 2323)

3302 Business and Technical Report Writing (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    Study and practice of formal and informal presentation of technical information, with emphasis on report writing.

3304 Advanced Business and Technical Report Writing (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 3302 or permission of department.

    Practice in writing in varied professional contexts. Special attention is given to audience and purpose, tone, logic and accuracy.

3305 Essay Writing (3-3-0) (Formerly ENG 4305)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    Study, analysis and practice of advanced rhetorical principles in non-fiction, with a view to increasing clarity, effectiveness and precision in a student's writing style.

3306 Introduction to Literary Theory (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    A study of contemporary methodologies in literary criticism and practice in applying them.

3307 Shakespeare (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    Reading and analysis of representative comedies, tragedies, histories and poems by Shakespeare, with special consideration of his life and the historical context.

3308 Legal Writing (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    A study of the principles of analytical writing, with special emphasis on the strategies of legal persuasion and the techniques and appropriate style of legal writing. Students will learn to brief (summarize) published cases as well as to write legal memoranda.

3309 Creative Writing (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    Techniques of writing fiction and poetry; emphasis on the student's own work. May be repeated once for credit.

3310 Studies in Nonfiction Writing (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    An examination of a variety of nonfiction texts, including news presentations, books and movies.

3311 Studies in Poetry (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    A study of poetry as a genre of literature, with emphasis on forms and styles; reading and analysis of poems from a variety of periods.

3312 Studies in Fiction (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    A study of short stories and/or novels. Consideration of the historical development of fiction as a genre and detailed analysis of the elements of fiction.

3313 Studies in Dramatic Literature (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    A study of representative plays from ancient to modern times, with emphasis on the origins and historical development of drama and its characteristics as a genre.

3314 Studies in Autobiography (3-3-0) (Cross-listed as HUM 3314)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature

    A study of autobiographical writing, the course may analyze its forms or techniques, trace a topic or style of autobiographical literature or investigate critical problems posed by autobiography. Credit may not be earned for both ENG 3314 and HUM 3314.

3315 Studies in Science Fiction (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature

    A study of the conventions, major themes and/or history of futuristic or fantasy fiction.

3316 History of Rhetoric (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    An historical survey of rhetoric with emphasis upon its development as a discipline from Plato and Aristotle to the present day.

3317 Studies in the Theory of Rhetoric (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    An investigation of major contemporary theories of rhetoric and composition with special attention to the implications of those theories on the practices of writers.

3318 Studies in English Grammar (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    An intensive survey of the principles and problems of English grammar with emphasis on developing vocabulary and understanding necessary to identify and explain writing choices and errors.

3319 Introduction to the Study of Language (3-3-0)

    Prerequisites: ENG 1302 and junior standing.

    An introduction to linguistic sciences. The course gives an overview of language, its use and development. Basic concepts covered are approaches to grammatical description, history, acquisition and social and regional variation.

3320 History of the English Language (3-3-0)

    Prerequisites: ENG 1302 and junior standing.

    A study of the development of English speech, writing, spelling, syntax and vocabulary.

3321 African-American Literature (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    A survey of prose, plays and poems by African American writers.

3322 Mexican-American Literature (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    A study of Mexican American literature and its cultural traditions from pre-Columbian Mexico to the present.

3323 Technology and Literature (3-3-0) (Cross-listed as HUM 3323)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    The course may study influences of technology or science on literature, analyze how literature represents technology, or interpret literature as a reflection of social ambivalence toward technology. Credit may not be earned for both ENG 3323 and HUM 3323.

3324 American Ethnic Heritage (3-3-0) (Cross-listed as HUM 3324)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    An interdisciplinary study of ethnic contributions to the art, music, drama and literature of the United States. Credit may not be earned for both ENG 3324 and HUM 3324.

3325 Medical Writing (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    The study and practice of interpreting and incorporating findings and statistical results into clear, comprehensive, and well-organized prose.

3326 Proposal Writing (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 1302.

    Practice in writing and editing a series of proposals of varying scope and complexity.

3328 Documentation and Manuals (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 1302.

    Application of general rhetorical principles and current theory in document design to the development of procedures, manuals, and other documentation.

3329 Environmental Writing (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    Practice in presenting information about environmental issues as addressed by government, industry, private organizations and the mass media.

3330 Desktop Publishing (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 3302 or concurrent enrollment in ENG 3302 or permission of department.

    An introduction to desktop publishing, covering specific applications of typography, graphics, layout and presentation, and using desktop publishing software.

3331 Advanced Desktop Publishing (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 3330 or permission of department.

    A continuation of desktop publishing techniques using additional software for more complex projects.

3332 Newsletters (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 1302.

    Guided practice in designing, writing, editing and producing a newsletter; the course operates as a practicum, with students working cooperatively to produce an actual newsletter.

3333 Writing for the Media (3-3-0) (Cross-listed as COMM 3311)

    Prerequisite: ENG 1302 and either COMM 1302 or ENG 3302.

    Study and practice of writing techniques appropriate to print and broadcast media with emphasis on the relevance of these skills to managing media relations. Credit may not be earned for both ENG 3333 and COMM 3311.

3334 Writing for Presentation (3-3-0) (Cross-listed as COMM 3312)

    Prerequisite: ENG 1302 and either COMM 1302 or ENG 3302.

    This course covers writing for the media employed for presentations in business, industry and the professions. Possible course focuses include videoscripting, speech writing and writing for slide and multimedia presentations. Credit may not be earned for both ENG 3334 and COMM 3312.

3335 Web Publishing (3-3-0)

    Prerequisites: ENG 3330 or permission of department.

    An introduction to web publishing techniques using web design software. As a substitute for ENG 3331, satisfies a core requirement for PW majors.

3336 Writing for the Web (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 3302.

    An introduction to writing for the web, with emphasis on structure, tone, voice, usability and navigation.

3340 Cultural Criticism (3-3-0) (Cross-listed as HUM 3310)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature and 3 hours of philosophy.

    A survey of different ways of analyzing human culture. Students examine major schools of criticism and interpretation of society and its creative activity. This course is the gateway course for the BA in Humanities. May be repeated once for credit as topic varies. Credit may not be earned for both ENG 3340 and HUM 3310.

3341 Postcolonial Studies (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    A survey of major authors and themes in the literatures growing out of the experience of colonialism and its aftermaths.

3350 Gender Studies in Literature (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    An interdisciplinary study of the social construction of gender as reflected in literature from various historical periods and from various cultures.

3351 Children's Literature (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    This course introduces students to children's literature, its history, development, and uses in relation to the needs of the child and the culture.

3352 Introduction to Folklore (3-3-0)

    Prerequisites: 3 hours of literature.

    An introduction to the development of cultural studies and to the methodology of field research.

3353 Social Class and Literature (3-3-0)

    Prerequisites: 3 hours of literature.

    A study of the role of social class in literary representation, production, and consumption.

3354 Film as Narrative (3-3-0)

    Prerequisites: 3 hours of literature.

    A study of film as narrative, either fiction or non-fiction, and organized by topic, historical development, genre, or critical approach.

3355 Young Adult Literature (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    A study of texts written for readers from middle school through high school. The course emphasizes the history of texts written for young adults and examines and employes various theoretical approaches to textual analysis, including cultural critique of both classic and contemporary examples.

3371 Public Relations (3-3-0) (Cross-listed as HUM 3301)

    Prerequisites: ENG 1302 and junior standing.

    A study of techniques and methods of public relations in promoting the images of organizations, corporations, and institutions, both public and private.

3373 Introduction to Advertising (3-3-0) (Cross-listed as HUM 3303)

    Prerequisites: ENG 1302 and junior standing.

    History, theory, and basic techniques of advertising, with special emphasis on the use of media in advertising campaigns and message development for media campaigns.

3399 Directed Study in English

    Prerequisite: Formal approval by department chair and dean.

    Intensive individual study of a selected topic under the guidance of a member of the faculty.

4098 English Portfolio

    This non-credit course certifies that a degree requirement (sumbission of a portfolio of samples of the student's writing) has been fulfilled for a student majoring in the B.A. in English. The students enrolls in ENG 4098 in the semester of anticipated graduation. Possible grades are S, if the portfolio is submitted, and IP, if the portfolio is not submitted. Only a grade of S, certified by the degree coordinator, allows graduation. Porfoto

4099 Professional Writing Portfolio

    Required in semester of graduation.

4101 Proseminar in Professional Writing (1-1-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 3302.

    A capstone course for Professional Writing majors; an overview of possibilities for further education and employment. Review of graduate programs and the application process; preparation for the job search, with special emphasis on assembling a portfolio.

4105 Senior Capstone Project (1-1-0)

    Co-requisite: enrollment in an upper-level ENG course and an approved project.

    A capstone course for English majors. Under the supervision of the instructor of the co-requisite course, students complete a project exemplifying creative and critical skills acquired as an English major.

4306 Science Writing (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    The study and practice of documenting, reporting and presenting science in articles, audiovisual scripts, specifications, reports and proposals.

4309 Advanced Creative Writing (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 3309 or permission of instructor.

    Extended writing projects in poetry, fiction, and/or creative non-fiction. Emphasis on the practice of editing and publication. May be repeated once for credit, with permission.

4311 Contemporary Literature (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    A study of the themes and techniques of prominent 20th-century writers. Readings seek to identify and explore emerging traditions in literature since 1960.

4312 Literature of the South and Southwest (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    A study of Southern or Southwestern literature, the course may focus on a literary genre, region, topic, or critical approach.

4313 Psychology through Literature (3-3-0) (Cross-listed as HUM 4313)

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature.

    The course adopts psychological theory as a methodology for studying literature and its cultural contexts. Credit may not be earned for both ENG 4313 and HUM 4313.

4314 Major Authors (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: 6 hours of literature.

    An in-depth study of one or two significant authors.

4318 Advanced Studies in English Grammar and Style (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 3318 or permission of instructor.

    Writers will learn how to manipulate language structure and styles and will analyze the rhetorical implications for interpretation, acceptance, and understanding by various audiences.

4321 Advanced African-American Studies (3-3-0)

    Prerequisites: 6 hours of literature or ENG 3321.

    A specialized exploration of the aesthetic, critical, and theoretical bases of African-American literature -- poetry, fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction.

4322 Editing, Rewriting and Copyreading (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 3302 or permission of department.

    Fundamentals of editing for printed media. Studies in clarity, concision, accuracy, grammar and stylebook conventions. Projects include rewriting, copy editing and copy reading documents of varying complexity.

4323 Feature Writing for Business and Industry (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 3302 or permission of department.

    Procedures in recognizing ideas and gathering material for feature stories for business and industry; analysis of reader appeal; study of feature story structure; development of style by practice in writing feature stories.

4325 Advanced Mexican-American Studies (3-3-0)

    Prerequisites: 6 hours of literature or ENG 3322.

    Specialized, focused study of the culture of literature by Mexican-Americans.

4330 Senior Seminar in the Humanities (3-3-0) (Cross-listed as HUM 4350)

    Prerequisites: Senior standing and 18 upper-division hours in the Humanities, including HUM 3310/ENG 3340

    A review of key issues in interpretation and understanding from philosophy, literature, history and the arts. It aims to provide students with means for synthesizing their studies in liberal arts. This course is the capstone for the BA in Humanities. Credit may not be earned for both ENG 4330 and HUM 4350.

4341 Advanced Postcolonial Studies (3-3-0)

    Prerequisites: Six hours of literature or ENG 3341.

    Specialized, focused study of postcolonial literature and theory. May be organized by region, genre, topic, or critical approach.

4350 Advanced Gender Studies (3-3-0)

    Prerequisites: 6 hours of literature or ENG 3350.

    Specialized investigation of the role of gender in literary representation and in culture.

4360 Publications Workshop (3-3-0)

    Prerequisite: ENG 3302.

    This course provides students an opportunity to gain hands-on print production experience. Working in the offices of student publications or other appropriate environments, students will write, edit and produce materials for publication, using word processing, graphics and electronic pagination software to prepare camera-ready materials.

4380 Field Experience

    Prerequisites: ENG 3304 and ENG 3331 and permission of department.

    Placement of selected students in jobs involving professional writing within the public or private sector. Jobs may be paid or unpaid. Written reports, conferences with the instructor and other academic work are required. May be repeated once for credit.

4390 Topics in Language and Literature (3-3-0)

    Prerequisites: 3 hours of literature and junior standing.

    Selected topics in language and/or literature. May be repeated when topic varies.

4680 Extended Field Experience (6-6-0)

    Prerequisites: ENG 3304 and ENG 3331 and permission of department.

    Placement of selected students in jobs involving professional writing within the public or private sector. Jobs may be paid or unpaid. Written reports, conferences with the instructor and other academic work are required.


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Graduate Courses

5304 Proseminar in Professional & Technical Communication (3-3-0)

    Orients students to faculty research and the issues, goals, and methodologies of professional and technical communication. The course examines: definitions and histories of the field; relevant theories, practices, and genres; data gathering and research; technology-related issues; ethical and intercultural implications; and professionalization.

5317 Rhetorical Theory & Criticism (3-3-0)

    Introduces major rhetorical theories, practice, and criticism. The course provides practice in applying critical theory to contemporary texts.

5322 (4322) Advanced Editing (3-3-0)

    Fundamentals of editing for print and electronic media. Studies in verbal and visual clarity, conciseness, accuracy, grammar, and stylebook conventions. Projects include copyediting, rewriting, and substantive editing documents of varying complexity. Graduate students will complete additional projects, such as expanded annotated bibliographies, reports, or presentations on their research.

5325 (3325) Advanced Medical Writing (3-3-0)

    Theory and practice of documenting and reporting both narrative findings and statistical results, for medicine and life sciences in a variety of formats‹including proposals, publishable articles, and patient information materials. Graduate students are expected to present a seminar with an accompanying literature review and to complete individual and group projects.

5330 Visual Design Theory (3-3-0)

    Provides a practicum in the application of theory to original designs and to the analysis and revision of existing designs. Examines the theory and practices appropriate to print and electronic medias.

5340 Project Management (3-3-0)

    Introduces the techniques for systematic planning and supervision of complex writing projects and the production of print and electronic documentation. Students will become proficient in three major areas: collaborating with Subject Matter Experts to develop and clarify content; coordinating writing and production elements for publication; and expert testing for usability.

6301 Composition Pedagogy (3-3-0)

    Composition theory, technology, and assessment as guides for teaching practices.

6303 Public Relations & Media (3-3-0)

    Explores the trends and issues affecting corporations, crisis management, public affairs, communication, consumer affairs, employee relations, environmental problems, and issues of multinationals. The course may include the analysis of various examples of publicity materials‹news conferences, feature placements, special events, and media tours, case studies‹as well as readings on the history and theories of public relations and propaganda.

6306 Methods of Reading and Writing about Literature (3-3-0)

    This course compares the theory and practice of two or three strategies for interpreting literature, such as formalism, reader-response, and cultural studies.

6307 Advanced Shakespeare (3-3-0)

    An in-depth study of four or five plays by Shakespeare, with attention to their literary and intellectual backgrounds, performance/film history, and contemporary critical approaches.

6310 Intercultural & World Communication (3-3-0)

    Examines issues surrounding communication for/with multiple audiences with diverse linguistic and cultural patterns. The class will also consider implications of controlled language systems.

6312 Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Communication (3-3-0)

    Helps students identify and address the ethical challenges that occur in private, social, and professional contexts. Course will focus on real-world ethical dilemmas with diverse approaches to decision-making using ethical reasoning and applied ethics. Legal considerations will include first amendment issues such as freedom of speech and press, copyright, libel, privacy, access, administrative law of advertising and broadcasting, and other legal problems in professional writing situations.

6318 Stylistics & Editing (3-3-0)

    Trains students in the examination and assessment of the rhetorical effects of style and editing choices and in the application of appropriate choices to a variety of documents, audiences, and settings. Covers information-processing theory and practice, with students being responsible for articulating clearly and concisely the reasons for their style and editing choices (including graphics) by the end of this course.

6319 Language Development and Variation: Implications for Educators (3-3-0)

    An examination of language development and its relevance to skills required in an educational environment, the course will focus on sound patterns, word formation patterns, sentence structures, and writing systems and standards. It will also address ways in which language variation and multilingualism can interact with and affect development and acquisition of a standard variety.

6322 Instructional Design (3-3-0)

    Surveys and applies the theory, research, creation, development, and delivery of courses in corporate and academic environments. Students will design and present curriculum for business, industry, or classroom use.

6323 Communication and Technology (3-3-0)

    Acquaints with various computer software programs and their application to specific disciplines such as criminal justice, medical and science writing, and technical communication. Projects include print documents or slide presentations incorporating analyzed research data. Students will expand their knowledge of rhetorical principles and of techniques for reporting statistical analysis and conveying them to specific audiences.

6324 Writing in the Professions (3-3-0)

    Examines researching, writing, and editing journal and newsletter articles in one or several technical fields or disciplines, including science, medicine, pharmaceuticals, engineering, environmental science, and law. Students will develop one article project from initial research to submission. May be repeated once for credit with permission of department.

6328 Hypermedia Theory & Design (3-3-0)

    Reviews print-based methods of content organization and reader orientation. These traditional methods are contrasted with typical solutions in on-line and multi-media communications to the problems of content navigation, readability, and usability. Includes study of navigation maps or graphs, information architecture, traditional and hyper-linked indexes, table of contents and on-line context lists, and the use of document description or meta-information to facilitate effective information retrieval.

6360 Special Topics in Technical and Professional Communication (3-3-0)

    Selected topics in writing for industry, linguistics, pedagogy, and rhetorical or discourse theory. When course content varies, course may be repeated by permission of department.

6380 Internship (3-3-0)

    Povides industry experience for students. Writing or design projects developed in the course may be tested and used for the capstone project or portfolio.

6390 Directed Research (3-3-0)

    Supports and guides student research for thesis or capstone project. Students enroll in this course during the semester they intend to research, develop, and propose a thesis or capstone project.

6391 Thesis (3-3-0)

    Provides direction and support for students during the semester in which they intend to complete their thesis and graduate. No credit is awarded until the thesis is approved by the thesis committee and the student has passed an oral exam on the thesis and graduation portfolio.

6392 Capstone Project (3-3-0)

    Provides an alternative to the thesis. Students may complete a capstone project in which they propose and design a long document for a real-world audience. The project typically includes a form of usability testing and rewriting. No credit is awarded until the capstone project is approved by the thesis committee and the student has passed an oral exam on the project and graduation portfolio.issues; ethical and intercultural implications; and professionalization.

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